The Kingfisher Award Scheme has been running in Somerset for 12 years and is coordinated by Louise Kennedy.

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Our topic for 2019 was “What’s in the words Wood, Wheat and Worms?”

What another very successful year. The field days ran on the 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th May at Home Farm, Curry Rivel. Seven schools took part over the four days, with a total of 255 children taking part in the project.  

We could not have asked for a better year to celebrate, with exceptional, kind and wonderful weather, along with an army of committed volunteers.

 

The Activity Stations

  • Wheat and a treat: The crop in the field will be winter wheat, so they will talk about animal feed, flour, bread-making. At this station children will learn to recognise a variety of crops and exploring the processes they go through to become the foods we all know. As well as having a hands-on approach at making edibles with the flour!

         

  • Worm Constructions: Children will be digging for worms, examining the physiology and learning how they are vital to maintaining healthy soils. Soil is important for optimum plant growth and we’ll look at the composition of different soil types and the importance of air, water and organic matter. Children will explore the filed margins to look for and understand the role of pollinators within our landscape.

         

  • Woodland Mammals: This station will consider the birds and mammals that might live in the hedges and a woodland copse - or margins of the field. Who might predate these animals and what might they need for shelter and food. We will consider if/why field margins and hedges are important on farm and other landscapes. This is followed by an investigation of what can be identified in bones!

          

The picnic presentation afternoon was a great success, with an estimated 340 children, teachers, parents, grandparents, siblings and friends in attendance. The weather was fine, the activities were apt with some willow wand making, clay worm / owl / hedgehog making and insect facepainting!  

As for the school displays, they were outstanding. Each school display presented a slightly different aspect of the field day, the creativity was evident as was the diverse learning that continued after the field day. The teachers feedback was wonderful and complimentary on the learning opportunities, especially that the project could engage children that are less engaged in the classroom. As well as inspire them to continue working on the project in their own time, by choice and working with extended family members to help create home-made wormeries for example. 

The winning school this year was Westonzoyland, Bridgwater and the team of judges found the competition was high with a great standard of work, but the winning schools work was outstanding, and they are very worthy winners! The Runners up were Nether Stowey School, Bridgwater. A big thank you to our judges!

This would not be at all possible without the support, time, commitment, enthusiasm and knowledge from our army of volunteers. They all play such an important part in providing the children with expert knowledge and guidance.

                             

               


Somerset KAS is kindly supported and sponsored by Bridgwater Agriculture Society


The KAS is entirely reliant on sponsorship money, charitable donations, and volunteers. If you would like to make a donation or offer your time to help please contact the FWAG SouthWest office on: 01823 660684 or email: [email protected]